February 20, 2024

Jim Harbaugh is heading again to the NFL, as he’s accepting the top teaching job of the Los Angeles Chargers, in accordance with a number of studies. 

The Chargers’ pursuit of Harbaugh has been heating up in latest days, as NFL Community beforehand reported them reaching the ultimate levels of a deal. 

After 9 years because the Michigan Wolverines head coach, the place he most lately gained a nationwide title, Harbaugh heading again to the West Coast to steer a Chargers crew that went 5-12 through the 2023 common season. 

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Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates following the CFP Nationwide Championship in opposition to the Washington Huskies on January 08, 2024 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photos)

The Chargers didn’t make it official but, however their newest social media put up factors to one thing being carried out, as they posted a chimney billowing smoke. 

It’s a sign that one of many largest names within the head teaching market has landed. 

NFL Community reported on Tuesday the Chargers have been “within the zone the place one thing can occur” quickly. The Chargers’ deal to Harbaugh was anticipated to be an “extraordinarily sturdy” monetary provide. 

The Chargers weren’t the one crew to interview Harbaugh for his or her head coach emptiness, because the Atlanta Falcons introduced him in for an preliminary interview. They have been reported to need him again for a second interview, however the Chargers clearly needed to lock him in for 2024 and past. 

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Harbaugh was among the many high head teaching candidates that included Invoice Belichick and Mike Vrabel. 

Nevertheless, Harbaugh has been alleged to be the subsequent head coach of the Chargers since Brandon Staley was let go after a lackluster season and not using a playoff berth. 

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates profitable the 2024 CFP Nationwide Championship recreation at NRG Stadium on January 8, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (CFP/Getty Photos)

This isn’t the primary time lately that Harbaugh was focused on a possible return to the NFL. He had critical talks with the Minnesota Vikings two years in the past earlier than Kevin O’Connell was employed as head coach. 

Final 12 months, the Denver Broncos additionally entered talks with Harbaugh earlier than Sean Payton was their selection. 

Now, the Chargers, a crew determined for a turnaround after a star-studded roster underperformed with a 5-12 file in 2023, will get a head coach with a profitable pedigree at each ranges. 

It’s additionally a crew harbaugh is aware of properly, having performed the ultimate two years of his NFL profession with the crew in San Diego from 1999-2000.

Harbaugh is coming off a nationwide title season with the Wolverines, profitable the college’s first championship since 1997. However there are NCAA investigations ongoing into Harbaugh and the Michigan program, which led some to imagine he would return to the NFL to keep away from problems the investigations may trigger. 

Jim Harbaugh waves

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines waves to followers after the Michigan Wolverines soccer Nationwide Championship celebration on January 13, 2024 at Crisler Heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Nic Antaya/Getty Photos)

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Harbaugh beforehand served because the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach, going 44-19-1 from 2011-2014, earlier than heading to his alma mater.